Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Sister Kay introduced  the  family to Overnight Coffee Cake at a family reunion two or three years ago.  Crusty cinnamon  sugar atop a light  sweet dough – sooo good.   She shared the recipe which is still in my to do file.  This weekend we were at sister Vee’s home and were awakened with  the wonderful aroma of baking bread and cinnamon.  

Vee graciously allowed me to take a picture of the coffee cake to share with you.  Well, actually I said good morning, saw the pan setting on the table,  grabbed a plate from the cupboard, my camera from the bedroom and went out to the front porch to take a picture.   Wheels and Bytes are used to having perfectly good food snatched right out from in front of them for a photo session.  Apparently that’s not the norm in every family!   But they just laughed at me and gave me a place at the table anyway.   

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake
 
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Spicy cinnamon sugar atop a light, fluffly sweet dough -- cinnamon rolls without the "roll" and fuss.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 15 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
Topping
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Proof yeast by adding package of yeast to the warm water (NOT hot) and letting set ten minutes.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, then cut in shortening.!
  3. Add eggs, milk and yeast mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be very thick.
  4. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator to rise overnight.
  5. In the morning, grease 9x15" pan (jelly roll pan) and spread dough evenly over pan.
  6. Melt butter and drizzle over dough.
  7. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle evenly over butter topped dough. If more sugar is desired, add ¼ cup brown sugar.
  8. Cover and let set at room temperature for twenty minutes.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Add powdered sugar glaze, if desired.
  11. Serve hot.

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Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad -- A Pinch of Joy
Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad makes a great dinner salad for cool summer eating. It’s also perfect for potlucks and family. However or whenever, this salad makes an appearance it is a well balanced blend of carbs, veggies and proteins.   It’s healthy and makes a big salad so it will serve a large number of people – or be a made ahead dinner salad a couple of times for three or four eaters. It’s also a nice change from mayo dressed salads and always disappears quickly.

I like for my ingredients to “even out” so there aren’t little bits of leftover ingredients setting around. Three cups of dry pasta is generally about a 16 ounce package. That’s what I use if the dry pasta measures out between 2 ¾ cups and 3 ¼ cups. Any less and the salad won’t have the pasta base needed to carry the other flavors and foods. Any more and the salad could end up dry and low on flavor. Half a small onion will come out to about ¼ a cup. We always have  raw veggies in the fridge so half a pepper or a few celery ribs is okay because that’s enough for another dish.  But if there is  a bit of anything left that won’t get used, just dice it up and add it to the salad.     I have also used packaged shredded carrots for salads. For this one, I buy a package of diced ham and a package of shredded cheese, to save time. This is one of the “flexible” dishes where you can substitute what you have on hand, adjust the quantities to suit and it will still be good. If it seems dry after refrigerating, stir in a couple of tablespoons of milk to moisten without changing the flavor.

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad
 
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups dry pasta (shell, rotini, penne, farfalle)
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • ¾ cup raw carrot, sliced or shredded
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup red pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces cubed ham
  • 8 ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce container sour cream
  • ½ cup French dressing
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water.
  2. Dice vegetables.
  3. Mix sour cream, French dressing, seasoning in medium bowl.
  4. In large bowl, mix together pasta, vegetables, cheese, and ham. Fold in dressing.
  5. Cover and chill 2-4 hours before serving. Best if refrigerated overnight.

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Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad with red wine vinegar dressing

Grilled chicken and strawberry salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Grilled chicken and strawberry salad -- A Pinch of Joy
Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad is a springtime hit with berries fresh from the garden and fresh salad greens. Of course, you can make it any time of year with berries and greens from the grocery. Use your favorite salad greens. Leaf lettuce or Bibb lettuce from the garden, spring green mix, iceberg pieces, spinach, romaine. Or a mixture of any mild flavored green. Add a handful of chopped kale to each plate, if you like. Generally, a serving of salad is about one cup (pressed down) of fresh greens. Or, the number of servings in a 16 ounce bag of greens is often listed as six. This recipe will make 6 side salads or three generous dinner salads. The dinner salads are the choice at our house.

The dressing is the star of the show. And I don’t eat dressing on my salads!!! I’ll have ranch on the side occasionally, dipping my fork in the dressing before spearing a bite and that’s it! But this tangy, sweet, oniony concoction is delightful! I think you’ll really like it, too!

Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad with red wine vinegar dressing
 
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
Dressing
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup plus one tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Salad
  • 1 pound chicken breast, tenders, cutlets or fillets
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted if desired
  • 6 cups your favorite salad greens (or 16 ounces)
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Grill chicken about 6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove from heat to cool.
  2. While chicken is grilling, prepare dressing. In blender combine olive oil, onion, mustard, salt and pepper. Process about 10 seconds to thoroughly mix seasonings and onion. Add red wine vinegar and pulse two to three times to mix in. Add one half the sugar and process 5 seconds. Add last half of sugar and process for 10 seconds or until sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
  3. Slice strawberries and set aside.
  4. If desired, toast pecans by heating over medium high heat until fragrant, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Arrange salad greens on serving plate. Slice grilled chicken. Add chicken, strawberries and pecans to each serving plate.
  6. Drizzle with dressing to serve.


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